During the 2010 summer season we had two different week-long teen crews focusing their efforts on trail work above tree-line on Mt. Washington.
The crews worked on the Boott Spur Trail starting just above tree-line on a seriously impacted viewing area. The high traffic on this sensitive area created quite a bit of trampling and killed of much of the vegetation. The crew constructed scree walls that define the area for visitor use and provides a barrier to allow for revegetation. This was challenging work because the rocks needed for the scree walls were far away making hauling rock most of the challenge.
Each morning the crew would wake at Hermit Lake Shelters, cook breakfast, pack for the day, and start the steep hike up the Boott Spur Link to the Boott Spur Trail. Often taking close to 1.5 hours just to get to the work site, this is just morning commute to a full day of work for the crews.Stunning views, amazing sunsets, steep hiking, hours of rock hauling, more steep hiking, enjoying good food, waking up and doing it all over again... it's all part of the experience of an AMC Alpine Teen Spike Crew.
A special thanks to all of our 2010 Alpine Crew participants and we hope to see you back here next summer.
Photos: Jana Svobodova'